Guggenheim

WHAT

REUSING MATERIALS: It is common knowledge that art today does not only use paint, brushes, and canvas, tools associated with the artistic tradition; instead, it has incorporated a host of mediums, tools, and technical resources that foster infinite creativity. In fact, any element or material that an artist uses to conceive their work could fall within this category; many of the ones we find in the pieces in this exhibition were not originally meant for art but the artists themselves chose to use them for this purpose. Oftentimes, they have even drawn from discarded items, which they reuse with creative intentionality. The heterogeneous range of objects and materials used to make the works in the show include LED lights, stones, rubber, plastic jars, cardboard, wire, rope, balloons, sawdust, foam, liquids, metal mesh, alabaster, wood, shards of broken crockery, chalk, slate, ashes, flour and rice.

HOW

INSPIRATION is the stimulus prodding us to developing ideas and pushing us towards creative action. There are thousands of forms of inspiration: here we show four processes related to some of the works in the exhibition, following a didactic approach that enables us to highlight the features that distinguish them and relate them to each other. These inspiring processes are association, assumptions, seriality as a strategy, and experimentation. The didactic files outline their most salient features, which may refer to the materials, the effects, the mediums, and the actions they produce, or to the features that best define their creative process, while also bearing their artistic context in mind. You can relate this information to the materials shown in the boxes. We encourage you to keep these processes in mind as you look at the works in the galleries so you can find new ways of appreciating and enjoying them.